Elitachna Donnet Drone June 10th, 2018 - 11:33:33
There are a number of issues that should be considered when selecting a Drone for this environment: DJI and Yuneec make a number of Drones capable of use in this environment. The Splash Drone is waterproof and makes a great Drone for this environment. GoPro and DJI have just introduced small new models that "fold" and fit in small backpacks and are capable of flying for 20+ minutes in 20+ knots of wind! Size - consider how and where you will store your Drone aboard your yacht - on a bunk in a storage locker in the cockpit. The Drone should be stored in a safe location where guests and crew will not drop items on the Drone or knock or kick the Drone.
Another reason this is such a great value drone is because it is durable. Even if you run it into trees or expose it to elements such as snow it will keep running. It is great for the hobbyist who wants to learn to fly without worrying about ruining their drone. The wind can be a big issue with this model because it is so light. If the wind is stronger than 5 MPH cross winds might carry this model out of range and you will lose control. One great way to fix potential wind problems is to always reset the gyro before flying. Purchasing the UDI U818A drone is a great value buy. For a small price you get a durable drone with a lot of extra parts and batteries. Everything the hobbyist needs is included with this set.
Keep in mind that while launching the Drone is relatively quick and easy landing and retrieving the Drone can be very challenging and consume all of the remaining battery capacity. Drone Batteries - most if not all batteries used for Drones and their controllers are LIPO batteries and are subject to generating a great deal of heat and require very specific charging and storage techniques. LIPO batteries should be transported in special foil packages and definitely not in the Drone. Special chargers are required to charge LIPO batteries. Additionally it may take up to 2 hours to recharge depleted batteries so the Drone operator should be sure primary and spare batteries are charged when the operator and Drone arrive aboard. The Operator should allow enough time to recharge the batteries after use. Operators should consider purchasing a multi-battery charger.
Modern Drones are incredible machines that are capable of doing amazing things in the marine and yachting environment. They can be used to spot schools of fish locate a mooring or open area in a marina to drop anchor locate an assigned slip preview an unspoiled beach or island locate items or persons that dropped overboard capture great video and still photos of the boat either at anchor or underway or even drop safety or other equipment to remote locations. However Drones need to he handled differently when used in the terrestrial or land use environments in addition to specific models that are better suited for the marina and yachting environments.